Category Archives: History

Historical events or people linked to Hanover House in some way.

Afghanistan 1838-2014

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politicsToday, 26 October 2014, the British and Americans handed over Camp Bastion in Helmand Province Afghanistan to the Afghan government, and the British military campaign in Afghanistan formally ended. A few advisors, logisticians and trainers remain but not in … Continue reading

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Castles in the Sky

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politicsLast night on BBC2, the drama of the week ‘Castles in the Sky’ starring the unlikely but brilliant Eddie Izzard as Robert Watson-Watt, inventor of Radar, was shown and lived up to the Radio Times hype written by its … Continue reading

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Hanover House’s Military Connections

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politics Following on from previous blogs on various military subjects, including a few on the Army’s regimental structure and drill, it might be worth briefly summarising some of the Hanover House B&B, (www.hanoverhouse.org ) military connections. In its first … Continue reading

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A Waterloo Link

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politicsNot the railway station named after the event, but the game-changing (modern parlance) battle that helped change the future of Europe. The battle of Waterloo, fought in Belgium in the early summer of 1815, signalled the military decline of … Continue reading

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The Flashman Connection

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politicsI heard an item on BBC Radio 4 the other day about an impending sale of the author George Macdonald Fraser’s working library in London. I listened with some interest for several reasons, first; I have been a fan … Continue reading

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Incidental Connections

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politicsWhen Veronica and I came to Hanover House #hanoverhouse in 2007, a number of strange, incidental connections occurred with links between our past, present and future. First, we had hunted high and low for a suitable house in the Cheltenham … Continue reading

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A Russian Kiwi Connection

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politicsOne of those little coincidences that occur regularly in people’s lives happened to me the other day while browsing in Waterstones in Cheltenham. I picked up a book with pictures of WWII Hawker Hurricane aircraft on the cover called … Continue reading

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Through Cheltenham’s Looking Glass?

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politicsA small item in yesterday’s Daily Telegraph caught my eye, and interest. It referred to the fact that a mirror, located at Hetton Lawn in Charlton Kings, Cheltenham, has been put up for sale for £1 million, together with … Continue reading

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Rodin’s Kiss Hello to Cheltenham

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politicsAs blogged once before, Auguste Rodin, who had scandalized European critics with some of his risqué sculptures, came and stayed in Cheltenham when the German army invaded his homeland in 1914. His sculpture The Kiss had been exhibited and had then … Continue reading

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Soccer Connections

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politicsI played soccer at my Grammar School in Leiston in Suffolk in the First XI for about 4 years, during which, being a very small school with only about a total of 70 boys in total, we lost most … Continue reading

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